Marc Sarreau: "We have total confidence
"This is the first time in my professional career that I have won three races in a row. It is a huge satisfaction, whereas the indicators were not necessarily green when I arrived. I am surrounded by a great team, on courses that suit me and as the victories come and go, the confidence is total. The day before, I'm not sure I would have taken the same initiatives if I hadn't won the first day. It's just one thing after another and it's incredible.
In the afternoon, in the time trial, I gave my best until the middle of the race. When I saw that I was losing time, I relaxed my effort to preserve myself for tomorrow. Then I had a puncture, so there are no regrets about losing the leader's jersey.
Tomorrow, there's still a great card to play."[/su_quote]
By winning his third stage in three days, Marc Sarreau signed the 10th success of the season for the AG2R CITROËN team and his fourth victory of the season.
Vuelta a Espana (Stage 6): Ben O'Connor 15th in the stage and overall
Ben O'Connor took 15th place in the sixth stage of the Vuelta a Espana. He moved up 19 places in the overall classification to 15th. "I didn't have the best legs but, above all, I had a puncture before the final climb and that disturbed me. I lost energy and that's why I had to hang on at the end. I finish with the favorites so everything is fine. I hope to have a better feeling in the next few days," said Ben O'Connor.
"We had another crazy day in tough weather conditions. Ben got a flat tire at the worst possible time, he put in a huge effort to get back. We limited the damage. It's satisfying in terms of results, even if the team didn't perform well enough today," says sport director Julien Jurdie.
Lawrence Naesen finished 9th in the first stage of the Tour of Germany.
Aurélien Paret-Peintre finished 10th in the time trial of the Tour Poitou-Charentes.